the Department of Art at APSU
the Department of Art at APSU
Dr. Smithers co-organized three panels “The Violent Lives of Renaissance Artists in Italy” at the Renaissance Society of America conference in April 2013 in San Diego. These panels focused on the violence of Early Modern Italian artists—conceived broadly as brawling, murder, bad behavior, sexual violence, intense rivalry, and eccentric behavior. Her paper “Michelangelo’s Suicidal Stone” focused on how Michelangelo elicited a strong reaction from others by bringing out the colorful and unusual temperament in those in his realm (and the things in his realm?). When the stone quarried to be the pendant to David heard it was no longer to be carved by Michelangelo and instead Baccio Bandinelli, it jumped ship into the Arno! On one hand, Michelangelo attracted undying devotion from his admirers and close friends (and apparently his stones), and on the other, drew contempt from some contemporaries, such as Baccio. Dr. Smithers’ paper explored not only Michelangelo’s reactions to his peers, family, and friends, but also the reactions of others—patrons, collectors, art writers, artists, and stones alike—to him.
Our work is based on several assumptions; first, that life is good, second, that two artists working together are better than one working alone, and third, that information is there for the taking. That said, we seek to create new works from both existing and original audio-visual information.
We are part of a long line of collage theorists extending from Kurt Schwitters to Kara Walker, from John Cage to Brian Eno.
Using the techniques of digital sound and video editing – both in the studio and in live performances – our work explores the history of cinema, the culture of the Internet, the richness of language, the pervasiveness of music and all the ways in which media intersect and interact to create new languages expressive of our time.
In 2001 Retold, we ripped a dvd of Kubrick’s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey and divided it up by dvd chapters. We then asked a variety of people to watch one chapter and recorded their retelling of the narrative. The original movie was then re-edited to match this retelling.
On April 9, 2013 Channel TWo will be on campus to give a lecture at 5pm in Trahern 401 and announce the launch of their new augmented reality artwork “Instances”
An instance is an intentional hidden message, inside joke, or feature in a work such as a computer program, movie, book, or crossword. Some [instances] may be intentional tools used to detect illegal copying, others are clearly examples of unauthorized functionality that has slipped through the quality-control tests at the vendor.
“Channel TWo: Instances” consists of thirteen augmented reality instances hidden across the campus of Austin Peay State University, beginning on April 9 and running through May 10. Each instance will direct you to a Channel TWo, downloadable friendly care package. All thirteen instances, you will need to download the Layar augmented reality browser by going to the Layar website and downloading the browser onto your iPhone or Android phone (http://www.layar.com/download/). In order to begin finding instances, visit the Channel TWo site for instructions at: http://www.onchanneltwo.com/instances
Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook collaborate as Channel TWo (CH2), a studio/research construct focused on mixed reality, media, design, development, and distribution, authorized formats + unauthorized ideas, systems of control + radical togetherness. Channel TWo is loosely aligned with the concept of over-identification, Slavoj Žižek’s description of a tactic intended to reveal the hidden nature of dominant ideologies — not by pointing to them but by becoming extreme forms of them. CH2 intersects joyful/play-oriented aesthetic experiences and user interfaces with challenging social undercurrents. Projects take the form of computer viruses, virtual environments, augmented realities, and motion/generative graphics. CH2 was awarded a Rhizome Commission in 2012, a Turbulence Commission in 2011, and a Terminal Commission in 2009. Trowbridge and Westbrook are both Assistant Professors at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where they teach in the Department of Contemporary Practices and the Department of Art and Technology Studies.
Lei Han is a new media artist, educator and designer. Fascinated by the influences of eastern philosophy in western art, especially in modern and contemporary art, her recent work aim for creating the cohesion between spirituality and creativity, and as well as making new connections between artist, viewer and object/subject. Lei’s current work, in experimental video, digital animation, video art and interactive video installation, has been exhibited at galleries, museums, and film festivals nationally and internationally. Including Krannert Art Museum, the Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Asheville Fine Arts Theater, North Carolina Visions, and Shenzhen & Hongkong Bi-City Biennial, China.
Lei received her BA in fashion design from Shenzhen University in China and her MFA in computer arts from Memphis College of Art. She is currently Assistant Professor of Multimedia Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and board member of The Media Arts Project.
Telling stories our environment, whether derived from myth or direct observation, is part
of the human condition. During the month of April the Framemaker Gallery will feature
Stories About Place + Self — a selection of broadsides printed by visual art and creative
writing students from Austin Peay State University.
The compelling textual posters were printed at the APSU Goldsmith Press & Rare Type
Collection in response to an interdisciplinary assignment developed by faculty members
Amy Wright and Cynthia Marsh. 2013 Acuff Chair of Excellence for the Creative Arts
— poet David Huddle —worked with the students to develop short narratives about
The exhibition, Stories About Place + Self will open during April ArtWalk — Thursday,
April 4th 5-8PM at the Framemaker 705 N 2nd St # B Clarksville, TN 37040 / (931) 647-
8290. A reading by the artists will take place at 7PM on the evening of the opening.
The Terminal Physical Space is pleased to announce an exhibition of the work of Valerie Sullivan Fuchs from March 4 – 15, 2013.
The Terminal Physical Space is located in the entryway of APSU’s Woodward Library.
Valerie Sullivan Fuchs (valeriefuchs.com) is an artist who works with film, video, video installation, sound, and sculpture to encounter the industrial and electric forms, which mediate our direct relationship with nature, the land and each other. Her work has been shown at “Transparencies and Trans-formations in Contemporary American Art,” U.S. Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden (2010-11); New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series, New Albany, Indiana (2010-11); Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California (2007); Non Grata Film and Video Festival, Pärnu, Estonia (2006); Galerie Eugene Lendl, Graz, Austria (2005); BELEF Art Festival, Belgrade, Serbia; and “Presence,” Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (2005). She has received grants from the Sony Corporation, the Kentucky Arts Council (Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship), and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Sullivan Fuchs’ work has been reviewed in Art Papers, Dialogue, American Theatre, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Louisville Eccentric Observer, and MIT’s electronic journal Leonardo. Beauty Unlimited, 2012 an anthology published in 2012, included a review by Fuchs. She has published articles in Pitch Magazine and the Louisville Eccentric Observer. Fuchs is a full-time Lecturer with the Fine Art College’s School of Art & Visual Studies, at the University of Kentucky.
18 APSU printmaking students attended and participated in the Nashville Print Revival on Friday, Feb. 22,2013 at Watkins College of Art
Jesse Shaw participated in the Nashville Print Revival — ‘Printacular —Great Poster Sale” at Barista Parlor, 519 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 / Sat. Feb 23, 2013
Cindy Marsh and the Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection has a print installation included in the 28th Annual Positive / Negative Exhibition (Feb 18 – Mar 8, 2013) Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Morgan Higby-Flowers is an American artist based currently in Clarksville,Tennessee. He
received an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in 2011 and a BFA in
New Media Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Morgan has
participated in multiple exhibitions including GLI.TC/H in Chicago and The Bent Festival
in Brooklyn NY. He recently performed live in the parking garage of the Museum Of
Contemporary Art for The Dirty New Media Round Robbin in Chicago, Illinois. He is
currently a visiting assistant professor of New Media Art at Austin Peay State University
My interests circulate around particular areas of the New Media Art spectrum,
specifically, work that incorporates discarded technologies. My aesthetic sensibility
tends to pursue encounters with wonderment, combining visual representations with new
I use obsolete technology to create “no-input” systems that produce their own inherent
visual and audial elements. Antiquated AV equipment is devalued in our society where
“newer is better.” An item that was priced at ten thousand dollars in 1983 is perceived as
trash in 2013. Analog technology is inherently more malleable than digital. In my work,
antiquated machines create new and informed back leaps forward.
In selecting the 2013 Terminal Awards recipients, proposals were evaluated based on the provocativeness and clarity of project outlines, the strength of related past work and the manner in which proposals directly engaged the internet, as a medium. The four selected proposals are listed below.
Gottfried Haider’s “Drawing Circuits” playfully proposes a rudimentary browser to 3D milling machine workflow through which visitors to a website can draw electronic circuits and then manufacture them. In conflating the sketchpad and the electronic enthusiast’s workbench this project promises to create both a social space and an educational tool.
Frederick Witold Ostrenko’s “Conglomeration” is a sharp critique of the carnivorous capitalism of Silicon Valley that will transform the logic of a crude game prototype into a First-person shooter (FPS). Ostrenko’s proposed game riffs on the informatics of gaming and the ubiquitous data streams and visualizations of financial markets.
Rather than plug work into the tedious trappings of stock web portfolio templates, Atif Atkin’s “The Mutant Space” proposes a sincere rethinking of online photo archives. Utilizing Processing.js and experimenting with the capabilities of modern web browsers, this work promises to construct a dynamic space to exhibit the eerie non-place qualities of a collection of photographs documenting urban environments, frozen in time by the Chernobyl meltdown.
Delving into the world of vernacular video, Josh Hite promises to stitch together a video comprised of footage of ‘trundling’ – the rolling of rocks and boulders down hillsides. Curating a meditation on the essential qualities of landscape through YouTube footage might seem counterintuitive, but Hite’s past work demonstrates his capacity to identify and foreground strange idiosyncrasies and patterns, culled from the natural world.
Greg J. Smith February 2013
The Department of Art and The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is pleased to welcome Kit Hinrichs to APSU to give a public lecture on February 14 at 5 pm in Trahern 401.
Kit Hinrichs founded Studio Hinrichs in October 2009, following 23 years as a partner of the international design firm, Pentagram. Prior to that, he was a partner in the design consultancy Jonson, Pedersen, Hinrichs & Shakery. Over the past few decades, Kit has been an influential force in graphic design. Included among the hundreds of projects that he has design directed are the California Academy of Sciences graphic identity program, Sony Metreon Entertainment Complex identity and interior graphics, United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine, Design Within Reach identity and catalog, and countless annual report, corporate identity, packaging, exhibition, editorial, and promotional campaign programs. He is also the co-founder and design director of @Issue: Journal of Business and Design, which is now an online magablog — atissuejournal.com.
Kit has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His work has been honored and widely published internationally, and several of his pieces are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design. Kit is also the co-author of several books and a much sought-after guest speaker on design. An avid collector of Stars & Stripes memorabilia, his collection of over 3,000 objects has been exhibited across the country and in Japan, and presented in the book Long May She Wave(published by Ten Speed Press, 2001).
Kit is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA medal in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the field of graphic design and visual communication. He is a past executive board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and has been an Art Center College of Design trustee since 1996.
On February 1st at 6 pm, Terminal presents “Boom!” a live video performance event at the Coup in Clarksville. Boom! will feature Charles Woodman, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Aaron Hutcheson, and Barry Jones.
Charles Woodman has been working in the field of Electronic Art for more than twenty years and has been a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati since 1999.
His recent projects have concentrated on the integration of video in live performances, often in collaboration with musicians or dancers, and on the creation of video installations for museums and galleries.
Exhibitions of his work include screenings at the Block Museum of Art in Chicago, the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference in Vancouver, Canada, the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Edison, NJ, the American Dance Festival in Raleigh, NC, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
On Friday February 1 at 6 pm Woodman along with Barry Jones, Morgan Higby-Flowers and Aaron Hutchenson will be performing live video at the Coup in Clarksville.
Woodman was founding member of the video performance group viDEO sAVant and is currently working on the design of a new instrument for use in real time performance, a “gesture based interface for real-time control of video playback.”